RDT NBA Schedule Analysis – Week 10

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Updated: December 16, 2017

Ladies and Gentleman, I would like to introduce you to the new NBA ‘Mighty Mouse’. No, I am not talking about a reboot of the old cartoon. I’m not even talking about former Toronto Raptors Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire. I would like to introduce you to Milos Teodosic of the LA Clippers. Why call him Mighty Mouse? Well, his catchphrase was “Here I come to save the day!” and when you hear that sound, it means that Mighty Mouse is on the way.

Milos has come along at the perfect time for Fantasy Coaches. If you don’t have him already, you MUST get him this week. With all the injuries the Clippers have, Teodosic will start, and he will play decent minutes. Coming back from injury himself, Teodosic is slowly building his game fitness. He has done well in his two games so far this week, scoring 10 points against Toronto on Tuesday, and 15 points against Orlando on Wednesday. He has two games remaining (Wizards and Heat), so keep a close eye on his numbers.

He will not be a superstar for you, anything from 15-20 Fppg is what you would expect. Any more than 20 Fantasy points is a win. Here is an interesting strategy to mull over. Ben Simmons has a 2 game week in Week 12, and a 1 game week in Week 13. Normally this would be a no-brainer to trade him out. However, given that both Simmons and Teodosic are PG eligible, you do have the option to bench Simmons and play Teodosic. Obviously Mighty Mouse isn’t going to get you the numbers that Simmons does, but he should be serviceable enough to get you through, and you can use your trades elsewhere. It is an interesting theory, and one to consider over the next couple of weeks.

Finally, speaking of Mighty Mouse (follow me on this one, it’s a bit of a stretch), I watched the Netflix documentary ‘Jim and Andy‘ the other day. This documents the making of the Milos (wow, there is more than one Milos!) Forman’s movie ‘Man on the Moon‘ starring Jim Carrey. Man on the Moon is a biopic of eccentric comedian Andy Kaufman. One of Kaufman’s most well know sketches is his ‘Mighty Mouse’ bit (see, there is a link there). Anyway, it is a very interesting watch, and shows that Carrey was bat-shit crazy back in 1999 when the movie was made, and is bat-shit crazy now. Give it a watch.


Schedule Breakdown


Trade Targets – 8 Game Teams

Boston (@Ind, Mia, @NYK, Chi) – This will be a tough week for the Celtics. Not only are they coming off 2 weeks of 4 games before this week – and another 4 game week next week – they have a back to back at MSG. Be cautious bringing in any Boston players, as I believe there will be at least 1 game this week where players will be given limited minutes to minimise injury risk. Jaylen Brown looks to have broken out of his slump, so you should be comfortable playing him on the court this week.

Chicago (Phi, Orl, @Cle, @Bos) – I’m sorry Bulls fans, but this team is horrible. If you have Lauri Markkanen on your bench, hold on to him, he has still got some money to make. If you are after some risky value, you could look to bring in Nikola Mirotic. After returning from a collapsed face, he has dropped some nice scores, and will be priced around the $6 million mark.

Dallas (Pho, Det, @Mia, @Atl) – Dallas have been pretty quiet from a Fantasy perspective this year. Harrison Barnes is currently their highest averaging player, with 18 Fppg. Nothing to see here, move along.

Golden State (@LAL, Mem, LAL, Den) – Here is the dilemma with the Warriors – They have a pretty good week schedule wise, but everyone is injured! Steph Curry is still out, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant have both missed games recently. I like KD here, but keep a close eye on the injury news.

LA Lakers (GSW, @Hou, @GSW, Por) – Lonzo Ball has had a good week, but now that he has increased in price, there is no point bringing him in. They have a tough schedule this week with two games against the Warriors, and one against the Houston Rockets. Leave these guys alone.

Oklahoma City (Den, Uta, Atl, @Uta) – The Thunder have a very nice run of games this week. Three games at home, and one in Utah at the end of the week. Even with the addition of All Star Players Carmello Anthony and Paul George, it has still been ‘Russ and the Rest’ this year. Do what you can to bring Russell Westbrook in this week. He is averaging 27Fppg for the season, and he doesn’t look like slowing down.

Philadelphia (@Chi, Sac, Tor, @Tor) – This is a good run for the 76ers. Games against the tanking Bulls and Kings, followed by a couple of games against the Raptors. We all know about Ben Simmons, so we will talk about his team mate Joel Embiid. Embiid is balling hard this year, and looks to be finally over the debilitating injuries that have plagued him the last two seasons. He played 39 minutes in an OT game against Minnesota this week, so hopefully we have seen the end of his minutes restriction. Keep an eye on his minutes in the OKC game this week. If he can play 33 minutes plus per game, he will be great value. Just keep in mind it will be a short term rental of any Philly player, as they have 3 games in 2 weeks after Christmas.


Cut them to the G-League – 2 Game Teams

ClevelandLebron James has been the perma-captain for a lot of coaches the past 3 weeks, and has rewarded them handsomely. Unfortunately you are going to need to look elsewhere for a captain option this week, with LBJ only having two games. Keep an eye out for Dos‘s captains article where he will be able to point you in the right direction.

Detroit – A thorn in the side of those coaches who didn’t pick him up, Andre Drummond has been putting up fantastic numbers. He needs to go this week though.


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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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